Kerala Farm Tourism Network-Farm Tourism: Responsible tourism gets a boost in Kerala! PA State Tourism Minister Mohammed Riyas launched the Kerala Farm Tourism Network-Farm Tourism on Tuesday. The initiative is part of the well-known Responsible Tourism project in the state. Their goal is to ensure that the farming community can reap monetary benefits by linking agricultural activities such as farming with tourism, according to a report by the PTI news agency. Along with this, the minister also inaugurated a state-level training program to generate skilled labor to strengthen agricultural tourism.
This would also help the tourism sector, which is still reeling from the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said that Kerala Tourism will now collaborate with local self-government bodies for the next five years to identify a whopping 500 new destinations, to which the Responsible Tourism Mission would play an important role.
During the launch, the minister said that tourism-related projects in Kerala were focused on helping local communities benefit from them, and that the tourism department aimed to harness the possibilities of tourism throughout the state. He also stated that in several countries, citizens have demonstrated their responsible character by displaying their areas in a sustainable way, and this has substantially led to these countries being successful in the tourism sector. He further said that the citizens of an area should take pride in their local environment and take responsibility for keeping it safe and hygienic.
Speaking about the Kerala Agricultural Tourism Network-Agricultural Tourism, Riyas said that it would help foreign tourists and the new generation get to know the agricultural culture in the state. Tourism, he said, can also help to some extent to tackle the problem of unemployment.
Under the project, authorities would set up 5,000 farms with host families, as well as 500 farm tourism units by the end of March 2023, and it would be done in a way that ensures that farming practices are not impaired in any way.